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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1977-05-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1977-05-07

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Bertha, Cassidy, Deal, Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half Step-> Big River, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped Terrapin Station-> Samson & Delilah, Friend Of The Devil, Estimated Prophet, Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD> MR> DAT> editing> SHN> DAW(Bertha)> CDA/SHN
Taped by
Transferred by


Bertha Remaster of the Rob Eaton/The Wizard soundboard source: SBD> MR> DAT> editing> SHN> DAW(Bertha)> CDA/SHN, by Jay Ashley; see pub comments for extended notes


Reviewer: jjjzimmer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2013
Subject: One of the MUST have shows from 77
Start to finish this show is right up there with the Cornell show. The feedback Bertha is hilarious and solid. The BEST Peggy-O ever played, Half Step, Big River, Music and Wharf Rat are incredible! And the list goes on. Give it a listen you will not be disappointed.

Reviewer: ralberty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2012
Subject: Taps Of Fun
Just an amazing night in Boston. I feel now as I did then that this show was STELLAH... The music they laid down brought me places I had not been before. Every note was right there. Even the breaks weir well spent watchin' your neighbour smile smile smile. Man we had a good time, Get Goose Bumps at certain points when I listen to it now some 35 years later. Wow am I happy we drove into town. Crank it up go outside and let the music flow & Dance Dance Dance you will feel the magic ...
Reviewer: deadhindu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: THATS
Reviewer: deadadone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2010
Subject: the garden v.s. barton hall
well jee this is a super tough call. I believe i'm a bit partial to the cornell show bacause it was one of the first dead concerts i got my hands on, but its a tough call. Both are technically superb, although it is tough to beat jerry on barton halls scarlet-fire. However, the peggy-o and half-step are so rediculously awesome that that they might equall or surpass the cornell scarlet-fire. Well, to each his own. I just am so happy and thankful that I have the ability to listen to this music even though its was before my time
Reviewer: cugel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2010
Subject: No Better Wharf Rat!
Sorry deadhindu, but there IS NO Better Wharf Rat than this and I've looked! Sterling versions of Cassidy, Wheel, Terrapin, Eyes, and a wonderful Peggy-O all in one show?!!!

I prefer this show to the Cornell and Buffalo shows on succeeding nights, simply because i prefer the song-list from this show.

To argue about which show is "the best of all time" is ridiculous! It's all totally subjective! If you love Pig-Pen (a lot do) then any show after 1972 can't be the "best." Some people like '69 shows. Some prefer the '70 acoustic shows best. Some like the early 90's. Are all those people "wrong"?

But, in my totally subjective opinion this was the best-ever Grateful Dead show. Everything you'd want is present. Great setlist, startling audio quality and clarity, Jerry's on fire, great harmony on all the songs, you name it.

I missed this show, but made the Englishtown show later that year (best concert I ever witnessed). Any of the spring-summer 1977 shows are worth a listen.
Reviewer: dprocks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2010
Subject: half step> big river good god
This half step is off the charts. I love this weekend!!

As far as the previous comment about a better Wharf Rat, I am really partial to 4/24/72, rocking the rhein, dusseldorf, germany but this one is really good too.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2009
Subject: The Definitive Terrapin
Initial sound problems but otherwise IMMACULATE.

Augmented deeply by the most profound album cut version of Terrapin.

Entire effort: Start to Finish: A "10."

The Grateful Dead exhumed and re-animated the Beatles live in 1964 if they could have heard or imagined themselves more true in 1977.

Wow -- That's ridiculous!

Huh, I have finally blown my stack!
Reviewer: jim_starboard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2008
Subject: Half Step
AHHH-cross the rio-gran-de-ohh....ah-cross the lazy river.

I never get tired of hearing it.
Reviewer: Heyitsthatguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2008
Subject: Pretty Peggy-O
I loved this version of Peggy-O. They were broadcasting their energy without getting sloppy -- something that they could not always accomplish. The dynamics were great, Jerry's vocals were dead on, and his guitar work (along with the keys) was superb. This gave me chills.
Reviewer: bomberman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2008
Subject: Better than Barton?
Well, I can definitely see the argument for it. C'mon, listen closely, the energy level here is off the charts. Like Mr. RFK says, the Miss 1/2 Step IS the fucking bomb. And The Music Never Stopped, holy sh!T. Jerry is completely wharped into this performance. Peggy-O, Eyes, Terrapin, Est.Prophet, all are pretty damn good. And the Minglewood is among the best from the '77 tour (if only I could hear Jerry's guitar). Even the slowed-down versions of Tenn. Jed and Friend which I am normally not all that thrilled about are played with pleasing results. I could go on, but I'll just fire up a j and listen again.

5 stars all the way
Reviewer: I Caught A Phish But Now It is Gratefully Dead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2008
Subject: bomb nugz
this is one of the illest shows they ever played. they were on top of their game fof 5/7 5/8 and 5/9 and they are all the shit
Reviewer: RFKROX - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2008
Subject: Best show of 1977!
Anyone that gives this show less than 5 stars needs to have their head examined!! There is a reason why this show has been downloaded 308,000+ times (2nd download for this show on The 1st download (Bertha remaster by Rob Eaton, The Wizard, and Jay Ashley) is the best-sounding version, so download that one. There is some extra tuning/equipment problems before and after some songs, but that only makes this concert better than all the others. And believe me, this was “no warm-up” for Barton Hall. In fact, the Boston Garden and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium book-end shows were the best shows of the 3-night stand, IMHO. Yes, Barton Hall is good, but the audio and quality of the Boston Garden show is off-the-hook!!

The Barton Hall show was downloaded 126,000+ times. Compare that to the Boston Garden show that was downloaded 308,000+ times. I have the Palladium 4/30 flac (lossless) show that I purchased from the The quality is out-of-this-world! Guess what? The quality from the Boston Garden show sounds almost, if not as good, IMHO (and it’s not even lossless).

Now for the show… First of all, forget about the equipment repairs that last several minutes in between some of the songs. They only helped the perfection of this awesome concert, as well. When you burn your _vbr.mp3’s to disk, you don’t have to burn the equipment repair fillers, anyway. The 1st set is as good as any 1st set I’ve heard. Bertha – Cassidy – Deal – Jack Straw is smokin’! Peggy-O is definitely a top-3 of all time, and New Minglewood Blue sounds better than the Barton Hall version, without a doubt!

Now we get to Mississippi Half-Step. Another user stated he thought the best Half-Steps were from ’80 and ’81 until he heard this one. I couldn’t echo that any more! This Half-Step is without a doubt, the fucking bomb!! I have “NEVER” heard Garcia’s guitar transcend my mind like it does on this song! Absolutely, breathtaking! If anyone can find a better Half-Step, then I’d sure like to know! It actually reminds me of Jerry’s guitar on the Dark Star from “Live Dead”. It’s that good, folks!! Big River, Jed and TMNS round out the 1st set, that just doesn’t let up!

And the 2nd set is about as good as I’ve heard for a 2nd set. Terrapin into Sampson just blows me away! Friend of the Devil and Estimated Prophet will have you jammin’ no matter what you are doing. Eyes of the World is very good and Drums is not drawn out, but Eyes is certainly not a top-10. However, The Wheel leading into a 15-1/2 minute Wharf Rat is ridiculous and one for the ages! Around and Around is solid, but the U.S. Blues culminates this show into a top-5 show of all time, IMHO. By the way, Jerry breaks a string before U.S. Blues, but fixes it before the finale.

People have commented on the equipment problems during this show. As far as I’m concerned, it only made this show better because so much tuning was done before most songs that only made the songs sound that much better! The only minor flaws in this show is a slight “feedback” at the beginning of Bertha, and Jack Straw only lasted 5 minutes. But that is me just being picky! LOL

Go listen to Barton Hall, and then listen to Boston Garden. If the 5/7 Boston Garden had a version of Scarlet > Fire from the 5/8 Barton Hall show added to the 2nd set, then this Boston Garden show may have been the best show of all-time! Definitely would have been the best show in 1977. If they only could have played Good Lovin’ after Bertha before Cassidy! OMG!! Can you imagine that??

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead

Reviewer: curtisclogston - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2007
Subject: this show rules
Vote for Ron Paul in 2008
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2007
Subject: Best Half Step Ever
Before I heard the Mississippi Half Step off this one, I though the ones from 80 and 81 where better, but this show proves the power that the 70s band had on this number. Jerry, Keith, and Phil seem to be chanelled into the same trip and past minute 6, you have never heard a half-step jam ensue this amazing ever.

Listen and determine for yourself.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2007
Subject: 5/7/1977 - still another
loudest-output w/ quality i've heard of this classic...

yes, it's proably somewhat distorted ---- not the tru Betty Board --

but its Crystal clear:
and really

Thank you, achive!
Reviewer: danmarycap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2007
Subject: Best re-master I've heard
Although other versions of this show have been downloaded more times, this is by far the best sounding. Brilliantly and expertly done -- thank you Mr Ashley!
Reviewer: jackstrawfromwitchita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2007
Subject: Hot diggity DAMm
forget the next night, this is the night IMO. the bertha, peggyo, terrapin are all top notch, not to mention the wheel that keith and jerry tear the sh%t out of. top 5 show all time, its to hard to pick #1 though, great setlist
Reviewer: philphanatic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2007
Subject: 77 rocks
are there any shows on this tour that don't get 5 stars???? I was born a few decades too late
Reviewer: Deadfitz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2007
Subject: 30 Years (today) So Far...
This is the Dead at thier absolute best! Jerry sounds great, both playin' and singin'. The whole band is on Fire!

Thanks Cven for turning me on this show!
Reviewer: Evil Pac Man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2006
Subject: Ah, hell yeah
It's 5.7.06 right now, and I'm at work.....was in the mood for some good '77 to rock with ease, and saw 5.7 and thought "Ah, hell yeah".

I remember having heard this show many years back and being impressed and boy whad I forgot!!

Definitely agree with what everyone has said. The Miss. 1/2 SIIIIICK.

Peace and Love to you all.
Reviewer: krissimms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: Oh My!
One Word: Half-Step!
Reviewer: DavidGlasses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2006
Subject: Ups and downs
I love '77, and Spring '77 is the Dead at their peak. That said, I have to point out that Mickey and Bill are not good on this night's Jack Straw. They also have trouble on Big River. (I blame Mickey-- Bill's a much better drummer). Take note, though: Jerry's two solos on Half Step are stunning, possibly the pinnacle of his playing.
Reviewer: devlin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2005
Subject: great remaster
Great remaster for a great show.
Thank you Mr Ashley.
Reviewer: headgdhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2005
Subject: Tear this old building down!
What a night! In the middle of the front row of the balcony for the opener at the old Gahden. the crowd had the place rocking and the deck of the balcony had to be flexing up and down by at least 4 inches!! I thought the place was going to come down. The interplay during Cassidy between Bobby & Jerry was more intense than comes through on the recording. Great show by one of the only bands that could make the Boston Garden truly rock.
Reviewer: fuzzyletters - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2005
Subject: :)
this might be my favorite dead show so far... it's smooth and beautiful and they nail everything... at times literally ;)

peggy-o is on of the prettiest songs ever
Reviewer: Kyrion - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2005
Subject: First set is heavenly!
And the second set isn't anything to sneeze at. Awesome from start to finish.
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2005
Subject: overshadowed
great, great show and how can you not absolutely love these bertha remasters by Jay...thanks Mr. Ashley- you bring tremendous joy to my heart with the quality of these recordings of some fantabulous playing...
Reviewer: shed your skin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2005
Subject: Inspiration move me....
This show is nothing short of a fantasy! Peggy-O is a dream in itself...The remaster serves as a time machine taking the listener front row and center, lights flashing, people dancing, Bobby spitting, everyone without a doubt smiling! Simply amazing!
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